Three Reasons Non-Sci-Fi Fans Should See the Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival Encore

From least to most important:

3. They’re short films, none clocking in over 15 minutes. Short, sweet and distilled to their crucial elements. (And if you hate it, it’ll be over soon.)

2. You can spend $9 to see a) Rachel Bilson traipsing around with pouty face in Waiting for Forever or b) ten shorts utilizing puppetry, animation and special effects.

1. I didn’t see Star Wars until I was 18. I confuse Captain Kirk with Picard with Mr. Clean. Science fiction is clearly not my genre of choice but there’s a reason the festival sold out its first screenings. There’s Denmark, the WALL-E-esque story of a crustacean escaping a polluted earth, visually stunning animated short The Wonder Hospital and Zero, which incited the same feelings as a YouTube’d kitten video. Sci-fi and fantasy don’t necessarily mean space wars, aliens, and fake tech jibberish; if you’ve ever enjoyed a Michel Gondry movie, you’re a science fiction fan. Welcome to the club. Initiation is high noon Sunday, with tickets available here

Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival Encore

SIFF Cinema at the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center